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Definition of instrumentalist

1 : a player on a musical instrument
2 : an exponent of instrumentalism

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instrumentalist adjective

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Examples of instrumentalist in a Sentence

he excels as a conductor, a composer, and as an instrumentalist
Recent Examples on the Web Diaz, born in Katy, is an American signer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events for the week beginning Jan. 15," 15 Jan. 2020 Sharing the bill is Connecticut multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and arranger, Jim Mercik, a founding member of The Road Birds and the Congo Square Ramblers., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 4 Nov. 2019 These cancellations come at an especially bad time for many musicians. Because of Easter, April is a peak month for singers and instrumentalists who perform in churches. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Gig jobs and supermarkets: Freelance classical musicians in D-FW seek other ways to stay afloat," 6 Apr. 2020 After getting together with Fruit Bats guitarist Eric D. Johnson and multi-instrumentalist/producer Josh Kaufman, Bonny Light Horseman was born. Jason W. Lloren,, "Bay Briefing: Are Facebook and Twitter helping or hurting justice?," 21 Jan. 2020 Twenty-one-year-old singer and instrumentalist Samantha Tracy will open the show., "What’s happening west of Boston - The Boston Globe," 28 Dec. 2019 Vocalists, several instrumentalists, and a Zydeco band made the reception feel more like a big party than a formal affair. Sarah Cook, al, "Fate brought this Birmingham couple together," 26 Feb. 2020 Our Third Wednesday Jazz Series continues on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. with the Leister Quartet and Bryan Beninghove, a multi-instrumentalist and founder of the Jersey City Jazz Festival. Judy Morley,, "Coming Attractions: Gallery of Gifts opening Friday at Carroll Arts Center," 13 Nov. 2019 Live music includes multi-instrumentalist and songwriter A.J. Croce performing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts Center volunteers recognized," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of instrumentalist

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2020

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“Instrumentalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of instrumentalist

: a person who plays a musical instrument

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